6 Ways to Lower Your Body's Toxic Burden

Here's how to keep your detox mechanisms working for the long haul.

May 25, 2016
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Detox Your Body

Detoxification is a continuous physiologic process that your body depends on for survival. Complex cellular detoxification mechanisms are constantly at work for you all day, every day. In the face of a virtually constant barrage of toxic material, a complex structure of cells, organs, and organ systems processes natural and synthetic chemicals to keep you healthy.

More: 12 Household Toxins You Should Banish from Your Home

That is why I recommend specific ways to help keep your body's toxic burden low and your detox mechanisms working for the long haul. Here is what I suggest:

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Minimize use of plastics

Heating foods in plastic containers in microwave ovens releases harmful chemicals. You should never heat food in plastic. Use glass or ceramic instead.

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Engage in skin brushing

To aid in lymphatic drainage, use a dry, natural-fiber shower brush or loofah to massage your entire body before you shower or bathe. Start at the toes and gently scrub, using circular motions, toward your heart.

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Try hydrotherapy

You can do your own hydrotherapy session in the shower by alternating between hot and cold water. This stimulates circulation and your immune system. You can also do a sauna/cold shower/ sauna combination if you belong to a gym. This is not for the squeamish, but you'll feel great afterward.

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Take Epsom salt baths

A warm bath with Epsom salt is a great way to relax and detox. You may also rub on the salt with a warm, wet washcloth in the bath or shower. This is very invigorating. It provides a great source of topical magnesium, which can soothe the muscles and soft tissues of the body.

 
 
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Use filtered water

Public tap water is often contaminated. Drink and cook with only pure filtered water, and consider adding a filter to your shower.

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Avoid cooking in microwave ovens

Although the convenience of microwaves is indisputable, this method of heating can disrupt chemical linkages in otherwise healthy foods and decrease their nutritional value. Heat food on a stove top or oven whenever possible, and use a cast-iron pan. Avoid Teflon and synthetic nonstick coatings. If you use a microwave, do not overheat the food, and use glass or ceramic containers instead of plastic ones.

Adapted from The Fibro Fix

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